Richard Wilbur | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Charles R. Woodard

This literature criticism consists of approximately 10 pages of analysis & critique of Richard Wilbur.
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Critical Essay by Charles R. Woodard

SOURCE: "Richard Wilbur's Critical Condition," in Contemporary Poetry: A Journal of Criticism, Vol. II, No. 2, Autumn 1977, pp. 16-24.

In the following essay, Woodard defends Wilbur's poetry against detractors who find his work "too happy."

Critical commentaries on Wilbur's poetry have come to seem rather highly stylized and predictable, like bullfighting. First there is the ritual praise of his technical virtuosity (music, diction, imagery, metrics), to show that the critic is not devoid of the appreciation of beauty, followed quickly by the disclaimers which establish his awareness of its irrelevance to contemporary life. Objections to Wilbur's poetry, to phrase them in the simplest terms, take the following forms: (1) He thinks too much. (2) He does not suffer enough.

Strictly speaking, it is not Wilbur's thought so much as his imagination...

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